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How do rooms get assigned?

First-year students are assigned rooms through a process that considers over 20 factors, which includes students’ personal preferences. Our process ensures that the maximum number of incoming first-year students are assigned to one of their top 3 choices.

Assignments are based on the following key criteria and preferences:

Living-Learning Communities

Living-Learning Communities

If you select to participate in a Waterloo Residences Living-Learning Community, you will be automatically assigned to the residence where the Living-Learning Community is based. For example, if you are participating in Arts & Business you will be assigned to Ron Eydt Village. Students in Living-Learning Communities with double and suite-style rooms can have mutual roommate requests.

For Living-Learning Communities in Colleges, every effort will be made to place you in the college where the community is based, however, depending on demand, you may be placed in another residence community.


Fall/Winter or Fall/Spring

Fall/Winter and Fall/Spring students are assigned to different residences on campus since not all our residences are open for the spring term.

Fall/Spring students will be assigned to our UW Place Community which includes UW Place and Claudette Millar Hall.

All of our residences are available to Fall/Winter students.

Accessibility Needs

Accessibility needs

Students that may require accommodations for documented medical reasons must go through the Accessible Housing process. Priority is given to students that submit documentation by June 1st and a recommendation is deemed necessary by Accessible Housing. Please visit the Accessible Housing website for additional information.



If you indicated a mutual roommate(s) that you would like to live with on the Waterloo Residences Preference Form, we will try and assign you to a unit that accommodates your group number. This also means that your top residence choices must match your roommate group number.

Example: Students interested in a suite with 4 roommates must indicate a preference of Columbia Lake Village South, Mackenzie King Village and UW Place.


Residence ranking

Unless you selected a Living-Learning Community with a predetermined residence, you can rank your preference of residence and room type.

If you submitted a roommate request, make sure your top choices for residence and room type match your roommate group size.

You have to rank all available residence options, even if your roommate request makes you ineligible in certain residences.

Space Availability

Space availability

Each residence has a predetermined number of rooms/suites for incoming first-year students. Areas that are typically popular include single rooms in Mackenzie King Village, Claudette Millar Hall and Village 1.

It is important that if you do decide to have a mutual roommate request, that you are comfortable living in any of our residences that meets your group size. For example if you are in a group of 4, you are comfortable with suites in UW Place, Mackenzie King Village, or Columbia Lake village – South).

In the event that space is not available in your roommate group size, you could be assigned to units that accommodate a smaller group size including double rooms.

Students that indicate multiple roommates are not allocated into single rooms.

Personality Matching

Personality matching

You are asked for your personal preferences around noise, music, cleanliness, sleep schedules and more. This helps us match you to a student more effectively unless you have already requested your roommate(s).

While living with a matched roommate may make you feel uncertain, through student feedback and yearly research, we find that it is often roommates matched through personality preferences that are more successful and happier with their residence experience.



Regardless of where you are assigned, there are a number of opportunities to connect with other students and staff for support. Each residence has its own unique community with programming developed by professional and caring staff to make your experience in residence amazing!

We can't wait to see you in residence this fall.